Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 2014 Blueprints



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September 2014 
                                                                                                           
We have no birthdays to report!
I don’t know about you but the summer has gone by really fast. It has been a busy time for this editor. Fall is already upon us. I am definitely looking forward to cooler weather.



Next meeting: Dolls due! I heard there are lots of them. There should be no excuse since we had to postpone the meeting till this mont

September 23- 6:30pm to 8:30pm ( or beyond )  Patti Culea's house


We'll be making fun tags to go with our dolls that will go to a nursing home and Rachel's House. [editors note: Patti has been collecting all sorts of wonderful things for us to play with in making these tags]  I have nearly all of Julie Nutting’s fun paper-doll rubber stamps.  We'll use those, along with fun papers to create tags to go with our dolls.

What to bring:  Paper scissors, glue, brown ink stamp pads, ribbons for the ties at the top of the tags, and some fun decorative papers to share.
What I'll have:  Paper tags to decorate, rubber stamps, paper flowers to embellish the tags, glitter
Other things to bring:  Your doll completely finished

See you then!

Carrie’s Dear Gabby
Hello ladies,
Well since there wasn't a meeting last month and I missed the meeting at Joanne's house..... Hmmm what to write about. As I'm sure Debby will mention this month our charity dolls are due. I hope everyone will come and bring their finished dolls. We definitely can't complain about not having enough time!!  I've made 3. Well actually 4. Lost one to the grand daughter.  I challenge all members to bring at least 1 doll.   Thanks again to Patti Culea for donating the patterns and giving our club the opportunity it give back.  

Last month I came across a little blurb in the local Poway paper. A senior's group here in Poway needed help stuffing dolls. The dolls were for children in hospitals here and also in Israel. I went and helped for a few hours. We stuffed 75 dolls. They are in need of fabric pieces to make a hospital gown for each doll. If you have large scraps ( fat quarter or a bit smaller) that you can donate please bring them to the meeting. I will deliver them to the group. 

A little personal news. My husband and I are now empty nesters. Our youngest son, Nathan left for NAU in Flagstaff Az. This has been a very hard transition for me. But he is doing great and loving the college and the town. He's definitely ready. I guess we've done our job.  Hopefully I will finish up some of these projects I started before Nathan was born! Right now I'm getting used to this "strange" kind of quiet. Hope to see everyone at Patti's.  
Hugs- Carrie

Lois wants to remind everyone that dues need to be paid at this next meeting! 


Upcoming events:: February 19-22, 2015. Floral Follies with elinor peace bailey, Patti Medaris Culea, Sally Lampi, Gloria McKinnon, Betts Vidal and Barbara Willis. Where: Piecemaker's Country Store, Costa Mesa, CA 714-641-3112. Three magical days with 6 friends who will guide you through the making of a floral themed doll. Actually dolls. All will be pre-sewn so that the time spent with each person will be on their embellishment expertise. This is similar to what they did in Australia, which was a roaring success. Hope to see you there.




Reminder:
With some of our dolls going to a facility for Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients we can't use buttons.  They can be torn off and the patient can choke.  What I did was use the optional cheek circle to replace the buttons on Franny's eyes.

Those of you who have used buttons, those dolls will go to Rachel's House where battered women and children go for safety.  These people won't pull the buttons off and choke on them.  

+++++++ Other up coming meetings: 
Sharon so graciously changed the date of her upcoming meeting to October 28, 2014.
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Members web sites
Lois Boncer                                         Patti Culea                          Barb Keeling                    Debra Tomcik

[If you would like your web site listed please contact me so that I can include you on the list. ] 

The newsletter will evolve as we develop more content in the future.  You can help!  I can use notes, stories and other materials from you about your activities and happenings, your websites, any challenges you might want to organize, photographs of your work or studio, and other items that could be of interest to our doll making community!  Please contact me at:  tmcklea@roadrunner.com, or call me at 760-943-8692!
Note:
If anyone has dues to send in please send a check to: Sheila Godfrey
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The above is a re-post of the monthly newsletter, which has more information and pictures! If you would like to become a member of our wonderful dollmaker's club, please contact Lois Boncer.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

August Newsletter


   


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August 2014 
                                                                                                           
Blueprints this month is going to be short and sweet. Summertime is a busy time for everyone! This month we have a busy time with birthdays:
Happy Birthday to Sharon Goldschrieder [6th] Arline Lowenthal [8th] Gloria Hazel [25] and Sheila Godfrey [27]

Thank you Joann Dosset for hosting a lovely July evening of stories and pictures from Africa.



Next meeting: The August Meeting has been cancelled. Please check your email for more details.

August 26 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm ( or beyond )  Patti Culea's house

We'll be making fun tags to go with our dolls that will go to a nursing home and Rachel's House.  I have nearly all of Julie Nuttings fun paper-doll rubber stamps.  We'll use those, along with fun papers to create tags to go with our dolls.

What to bring:  Paper scissors, glue, brown ink stamp pads, ribbons for the ties at the top of the tags, and some fun decorative papers to share.
What I'll have:  Paper tags to decorate, rubber stamps, paper flowers to embellish the tags, glitter
Other things to bring:  Your doll completely finished

See you then!



upcoming events:
from lois
Here are some challenges/swaps online:
Doll Street: 1) self-portrait doll,  either a character or realistic.  Due Aug. 31st;  
FOCD: fairy tale or children's book characters,  due Aug. 15th.  Run by Jeanne White,  jswhite304@gmail.com
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Magazines wanting photos of your dolls:
1) Soft Dolls and Animals: send 300 dpi photos to kherrold@scottpublications.com or mail to 2145 W. Sherman Blvd., Norton Shores, MI 49441-3434
 Storybook Characters: deadline September 9, 2014
2) Doll Collector: send 300 dpi photos to lsass@scottpublications.com  or mail to the address above.
Santas: deadline September 1, 2014  

Reminder:
With some of our dolls going to a facility for Alzheimers and Dementia patients we can't use buttons.  They can be torn off and
 the patient can choke.  What I did was use the optional cheek circle to replace the buttons on Franny's eyes.

Those of you who have used buttons, those dolls will go to Rachel's House where battered women and children go for safety.
These people won't pull the buttons off and choke on them.  

The deadline for the dolls to be finished will be at our August meeting, which will be at Patti Culea's house.
 She will have dates for presenting the dolls and those who want to attend let her know.
The dolls that go to Rachel's House will have to go annonymously.
But, the person who takes them will make sure they are given to those who truly need them.

+++++++ Other up coming meetings: 
August- charity dolls due hosted by Patti Culea also will make tags for the dolls.
September-Sharon Goldschneider- emborderey project
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Members web sites
Lois Boncer                                         Patti Culea                          Barb Keeling   
              
www.aardvarktozebra.com                  www.pmcdesigns.com        www.keelingskrafts.com 

Debra Tomcik

 www.debralea.com

The above is a partial re-post of the monthly email newsletter for members.

Friday, June 20, 2014

June Newsletter


    


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 June 2014                                                                                                                   


Happy Birthday to Lois {7th] Vivienne {9th} & Barb Keeling {15th}
                
June Tea 
June 28th at 3:00



June tea is almost here. Steampunk full steam ahead! We will meet at my house   tmcklea@roadrunner.com  at 3:00
It will be a traditional tea with steampunk flavor. I will be sending another email around with signups of what to bring. As people list their contributions the list will continue to go out so that everyone can see what is being brought and what might still be needed.

We will have fasionators for everyone to wear if you don’t have your own and a table to make another one.

Bring yourself, ask someone else who likes to have fun to join us, your doll challenge, dress in costume, traditional Victorian foods and your sense of delight with social interaction with people of like mind.

Editors note:
I did not know that much about steampunk till I started hunting for information for this tea. I found out I love the idea. I have always been a fan of science fiction and also a fan of the victorian era. Little did I know that there was a genre combining both. Classic science fiction set in the Victorian age which is the time period of great exploration and discovery. This time in history also gave rise to science fiction writers starting with Mary Shelly’s “Frankeinstein”. 
H.G. Wells and Jules Vern mostly comes to mind when thinking of steampunk although there were lots of lesser know authors writing  about mad scientists traveling the world in airships and steam driven robots in a time way before computers and airplanes.
There are a lot of movies that I did not even know were steam punk and were some of my favorites like Howl’s Moving Castle, League of Extraordiary Gentleman, Wild wild West, Firefly, The Prestge to name a few. I was surprised at how many I own

Carrie’s Dear Gabby

Hello Ladies,
Debby has asked me to do a monthly “column” for the newsletter. Since she knows flattery works every time, of course I agreed. I was thinking of calling it “Dear Gabby”… :]
Last months Steampunk class was so fun. We made Fascinators in all shapes and sizes, with feathers, gears, tool, lace ect. and hot glue galore. Many thanks to Debby and Patti Culea for their generosity, donations and exceptional talent!
We had 11 ladies in attendance. Its always so nice to sew and chat with such incredible women.
Extra headpieces are being made by members to bring to our next meeting. So no excuses ladies. Please come and join the fun! It is our summer  Steampunk potluck to be held at Debby’s house, which will also be our June doll club meeting. [*please note date and time change for June meeting]
Our charity dolls are due in August. Please keep this special project at the top of your list. [As a last minute person this reminder is for me as well!] The dolls are going to such a great cause. I can’t wait to see them all. Thanks again to Patti C. for donating the patterns and for the fabric and lace. Giving to others is it’s own reward.
Lastly, Patty Smith recently had another surgery. She’s such a trooper. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. See you all in a few weeks.

Happy Stitching, Carrie

Are you working on your steampunk doll to bring to the tea?

web sights of interest for Steampunk
Or type in steampunk and all sort of things pop up!
And, here's a event happening in San Diego to whet our appetites:

WinkieCon - the 50th Wizard of Oz convention - Aug. 8-10 - Town & Country Convention Center
This will be a huge event as they will be celebrating the 75 anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz, and the 50th anniversary of their convention.  The theme this year is Tik-Tok, who is very Steampunk.


Here are some challenges/swaps online:
 Steampunk Mini-doll and Pin Doll Swap.   Deadline 7/31/14.  rules and sign-up at www.dollstreetdreamers.com/postoffice
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Magazines wanting photos of your dolls:
1) Soft Dolls and Animals: send 300 dpi photos to kherrold@scottpublications.com or mail to 2145 W. Sherman Blvd., Norton Shores, MI 49441-3434
Medieval Times: deadline July 9, 2014
 Storybook Characters: deadline September 9, 2014
2) Doll Collector: send 300 dpi photos to lsass@scottpublications.com  or mail to the address above.
Santas: deadline September 1, 2014       

Reminder:
With some of our dolls going to a facility for Alzheimers and Dementia patients we can't use buttons.
 They can be torn off and the patient can choke.
 What I did was use the optional cheek circle to replace the buttons on Franny's eyes.

Those of you who have used buttons, those dolls will go to Rachel's House where battered women and children go for safety.
These people won't pull the buttons off and choke on them.  

The deadline for the dolls to be finished will be at our August meeting, which will be at Patti Culea's house.
 She will have dates for presenting the dolls and those who want to attend let her know.
 The dolls that go to Rachel's House will have to go annonymously.
But, the person who takes them will make sure they are given to those who truly need them.

+++++++ Other up coming meetings: 
July- hosted by Joann Doset: Africa pictures and stick medicine man project and
pictures of Africa
August- charity dolls due hosted by Patti Culea also will make tags for the dolls.
August- hosted by Patti Culea:charity dolls 
September-Sharon Goldschneider- emborderey project
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Members websites:
Lois Boncer                                         Patti Culea                          Barb Keeling                    
www.aardvarktozebra.com                  www.pmcdesigns.com        www.keelingskrafts.com     

Debra Tomcik
www.debralea.com

Note:
If anyone has dues to send in please send a check to: Sheila Godfrey, 908 Morse St, Oceanside, CA, 92054

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Poster's note: The above is a re-post of the email newsletter sent to members of the club. The email newsletter has photos and additional information. Contact Lois Boncer or Sheila Godfrey if you would like to become a member.